Missile-defense test reportedly fails in Hawaii

A test of an American missile defense system failed early Wednesday morning in Hawaii, two US defense officials tell Fox News.

North Korean aggression has raised the stakes for America's ability to repel missile attacks, with the isolated regime launching a series of ballistic missile tests and claiming it has the ability to strike anywhere on the United States mainland.

The official said it was still unclear why the test failed, adding that a full analysis of the experiment is still underway.

The missile, which is being developed by weapons manufacturer Raytheon, is used to target intermediate range missiles.

Another SM-3 Block test in June failed after the interceptor missile's self-destruct mechanism was accidentally triggered by a member of military personnel, although there was a successful test in early 2017.

USA defence officials are said to be looking for sites on the country's west coast to deploy new anti-missile systems.

The SM-3 Block IIA is an improved version of the SM-3 missile.

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On January 13th, an officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) triggered a missile alert that plunged residents statewide into temporary chaos before the alarm was called off as a mistake.

A live-fire missile defense test conducted early Wednesday in Hawaii was unsuccessful, according to multiple media outlets.

Pyongyang has test-fired ballistic missiles on lofted trajectories into the sea around Japan multiple times, and officials said it would be very hard for Japan's current anti-missile defense systems to shoot them down if they were to threaten the country's territory.

Records of the Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency report that 35 of 42 tests of the SM-3 since 2002 - not all of them Block IIAs - have been categorised as successes. "It is a very expensive system and it would undesirable for the credibility of the missile to be hurt", the source said.

CNN reported that Pentagon officials have decided not to talk about the failure due to sensitivities around North Korea.

The secretive state, led by Kim Jong-un, have vowed to strike at the U.S. if they feel under threat.

  • Sonia Alvarado